Worried You are Caught in an Abusive Relationship? Here are Resources to Help

Abusive domestic relationships are more common than you might think. So, don’t feel that you are alone and need to keep quiet if someone in your home is abusing you. There are a number of resources available to help protect people in these situations. Here are some things that you can do.

Go to a Homeless Shelter

If you are being threatened or hurt physically, leave the home and get to a homeless shelter or an abuse shelter. Some places are called women’s shelters but may be open to anyone who is the victim of domestic violence. If you suspect someone is going to try and hurt you or that current conditions are developing into abuse, look up a local shelter and find out if you can come there if necessary. Alternately, line up a friend or family member who will let you stay there temporarily.

Consult Health Care Professionals

If you have been harmed by someone physically, emotionally, or psychologically, contact your doctor’s office or another health care professional who can provide an evaluation and treatment if needed. You might be given a referral to a specialist who works with domestic violence victims. Get your immediate injuries addressed, and the health care professional may be able to refer you to a temporary safe place for shelter and connect you to extended medical services as needed.

See a Therapist

Whether planning to leave an abusive environment or if you have already left, schedule an appointment with a therapist who works with victims of abusive relationships. Not only can the therapist provide counseling and guidance, but that person may also be able to inform you about social services in your community that can assist you with various needs, such as food, housing, finances, childcare, or a job.

In severe cases of domestic abuse, you might want to contact a domestic violence attorney for advice about your rights and responsibilities in the domestic relationship. You should be able to get help in figuring out your living arrangements, child support, and legal protection if the other person is making threats or has already injured you. A domestic violence lawyer can advise you temporary or permanent legal matters pertaining to the situation.

Domestic violence often evolves in a predictable pattern that is hard to escape. Don’t wait for things to get ugly or even dangerous. Work with professionals like these who can objectively help you get the support needed to escape abuse and protect yourself.

Comments 13
  1. These are such great resources to those who are in a abusive relationship. I remember growing up in a household where i witnessed domestic violence and always wished my mother had left that situation. But I understand back then it wasn’t publicly talked about as much as it is now.

  2. I find these tips of yours really helpful, being in an abusive relationship is bad for your mental health and well-being so I appreciate that you shared these with us, thank you!

  3. I was married to an abusive husband for 29 years. He was removed from our home 2 years ago and is now still trying to control us from afar. I am hoping to be done with all of it very soon.

  4. Thank you so much for posting this. People in these situations need all the support we can give them. These are great resources for them to start!

  5. These are a great and a helpful resources to those who are experiencing this kind of situation.
    Thank you for sharing this information.

  6. Abusive relationship are worse it’s so important to Consult Health Care Professionals for physical and emotional treatment. These are the great points it would help a lot.

  7. Indeed…this is much helpful and beneficial for thousands of those who had suffered or for those who are suffering from this type of relationship..Amazing tips and ideas.,…Thanks for sharing this…

  8. I can imagine that people who are in an abusive relationship are afraid to leave and are afraid of the consequences. Your resources are very helpful.

  9. The resources are GREAT, and THANK YOU! I can’t imagine anything worse than being in an abusive relationship!!!! ugh….

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